Saturday, August 8, 2020

Minnesota Fringe Festival 2020: "My Big Gay Debutante Ball"

Location: Digital Hub (available anytime)

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

Title: My Big Gay Debutante Ball

By: Kinetic Dust

Summary: A solo show about a woman's coming-out journey that's really a celebration of finding and being who you are.

Highlights: It looks like this was performed and recorded live for the Providence Fringe Festival, which was also virtual this year. Meg Anderson tells stories and sings songs about her coming-out journey, at times painful, at times sweet. She re-imagines her story with a "what if" - what if she had grown up in a world in which two women could walk down any street holding hands, in which one's coming out was celebrated like a Debutante Ball. She performs live on an empty stage, using recorded and looped music along with live singing and keyboard. The live performance is occasionally interrupted by recorded videos of Meg playing other characters in her story. There are some weird moments, as well as some poignant moments, all culminating in a celebration in a big poofy princess ball gown (well, sort of) and a dance party. It's not the Fringe without a very personal, real, heartfelt solo show, and this one fits the bill.

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